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OU football notebook: Receiver Jalen Saunders says big plays will come

The Sooners had several chances at deep balls but couldn't connect against Louisiana-Monroe.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: September 5, 2013

In last week's 34-0 win over Louisiana-Monroe, Oklahoma didn't have a pass play longer than 18 yards.

The Sooners had several chances at deep balls but couldn't connect, with drops and overthrows thwarting the plays.

But wide receiver Jalen Saunders said big plays would come, especially as OU continues to establish a strong running game to go along with the offensive changes.

“It is putting a lot of the corners on an island and forcing the safeties to play the run more,” Saunders said. “I think the offense is looking a lot better with the style that we switched up to. I'm real excited for it.”

The changes make a bigger difference for the outside receivers.

“There's a little more work to do at that position because you are one-on-one and you are competing with the other DBs. It's a tough job to do, but we are all capable of doing it, all our receivers.”


Sooners center Gabe Ikard remembers plenty about last season's crazy 50-49 win at West Virginia and not all of it is from the action on the field.

“We were expecting to be treated really poorly there, but they were actually very hospitable,” Ikard said. “Their staff, everyone that greeted us, all that stuff, was very nice and treated us first-class care and stuff. We had a good time there, and it was a great game.”

Ikard also remembered plenty about the wild finish where the Sooners scored with 24 seconds left, then had to hold on while the Mountaineers ran four more plays before the game ended.

“I just remember we were taking our time and I was kind of thinking out on the field, ‘What are we doing?' but about midway through, I realized we were going to go score and run this clock out. Their offense was rolling, and we were rolling. We were just trying to have the ball a lot so they wouldn't have an opportunity.”

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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